Mark is the President of Holland Planning Innovation Inc – a consulting firm specializing in community planning and real estate development projects. Mark is also a faculty member at Vancouver Island University where he helped launch and now teaches in its Masters in Community Planning Program. Mark has worked as a city planner in the City of Vancouver and was the founder of the City’s Sustainability Office. He then co-founded two planning and design consulting companies (Holland Barrs / HB Lanarc) – both of whom were recognized nationally as leaders in innovative planning, before he and his business partners sold the company. In the past decade, he has served as the Vice President of Development for two companies – Storm Mountain Developments and the New Monaco LP, where he has managed the design and approvals processes for large master-planned communities on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan Valley. His current work includes consulting for a range of development and municipal clients on a wide range of issues including development approvals, OCPs, sustainability related projects, and others. Mark holds professional degrees in both Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning, and has dedicated his career to pursuing successful and innovative real estate projects, and planning innovations in sustainability, health promotion, urban food systems and the creation of unique and destination places. Mark’s unique experience in both planning and real estate development has led him to believe that planning and development are two sides of the same coin and that both sides need to understand the needs and success factors of the other in order to create great communities. Mark’s projects have won the top planning awards in the country on several occasions and he was named BC’s Planner of the Year in 2010. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to field of sustainability and planning for Canadian municipalities. In 2021, he was awarded one of the top awards at Vancouver Island University for his teaching and mentoring.